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Vastusastra: Ancient Indian Architecture and Civil Engineering (Retrospects and Prospects)
Vastusastra: Ancient Indian Architecture and Civil Engineering (Retrospects and Prospects)
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Though there has been considerable interest in vastusastra in recent times and the orientation aspects of vastusastra have been often discussed, little is known of the essential elements that constitute vastusastra and its scientific application in the present day. Based on extensive research, the work, Vastusastra attempts to address this aspect. Examining comprehensively the subject of vastusastra: its conceptual roots in Silpasastra and its later evolution as dealt with in the Vedas, the Epic literature, Arthasastra, literature on ayurveda and Kamasutra literature, the volume analyses technical aspects of vastusastra by concentrating on the essential elemens (angas) of vastusastra which involve decision-making and actual construction methods, art of engineering and role and responsibilities of engineers, and aspects related to land materials and rituals associated with use of building after its construction. It discusses the eco-friendly life style of the ancient Indians based on vastusastra principles. Giving minute attention to details, it focuses on the application of vastusastra in the present-day society - how the vastusastra principles can be scientifically applied and the potential of application of vastusastra keeping in view modern trends in architectural science and civil engineering.

The book will be useful for students and scholars of architecture and engineering and those interested in vastusastra.

About the Author:

Dr. Rahul V. Atlekar, an expert on vastusastra, is a production engineer with years of industrial, corporate training and consulting experience in materials management and IT strategy among other areas. He has delivered lectures on vastusastra and ancient Indian architecture and engineering. He is at present involved in vastusastra consultancy.

CONTENTS

Preamblev
Abbreviationsxii
Acknowledgementsxv

Part I
Retrospects of Vastusastra

1.Evolution of Vastusastra3
Introduction3
Pre-Vedic Period5
Vedic Era12
Later Developments24
2.Analysis of the Literature or Vastusastra30
Survey30
Objectives47
3.Literary Reflections52
Vastusastra in Ramayana52
Vastusastra in Mahabharata55
Vastusastra in Dharmasastra57
Vastusastra in Arthasastra64
Vastusastra in Kamasastra67
Vastusastra in Ayurveda72

Part II
Technical Analysis

4.Introduction to Astanga Vastusastra85
5.Characteristics of a Host (Yajamana)88
Name89
Horoscope93
Caste95
Profession97
Anthropometrics of the Yajamana100
6.Characteristics of an Engineer (Silpi)102
Sthapati102
Sutragrahi103
Taksaka103
Vardhaki104
Karmi104
Selection process of Silpi105
Hierarchies105
Income division106
7.Land Selection (Bhumi)107
Land Formation107
Testing and Selection109
Salyavicara114
Conclusion116
8.Rituals (Vastospati)118
Introduction118
Rituals120
9.Lay-out (Padavinyasa)130
Vastupurusamandala130
Orientation of Elements of VPM142
Concepts and Calculations of Ayadi147
Structural Considerations150
10.Building Materials (Vastu)152
Ancient Indian Material Technology152
Study of Building Materials158
11.Art and Practices of Engineering (Sthapatya)167
Philosophical Approach167
Metrology, Tooling and Instrumentation171
Estimation179
Design of Merging Elements181
Structures189
Project Management193
12.Repairs, Modifications and Interior Decorations (Alankarana)197
Repairs, Modifications197
Interiors and Exteriors199

Part III
Prospects

13.Scenario Analysis 211
Introduction211
Data Collection and Analysis212
14.Prospective Learning222
Technical Aspects222
Social Aspects238
Environmental Aspects243
15.Conclusions254
Summary254
Conclusions, Recommendations and Research Benefits260
Appendices
I. Estimation of One-angula in Millimetres273
II. SHS References by Vaze274
III. Questionnaire275
Bibliography278
Glossary283
Index287

Vastusastra: Ancient Indian Architecture and Civil Engineering (Retrospects and Prospects)

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From the Jacket:

Though there has been considerable interest in vastusastra in recent times and the orientation aspects of vastusastra have been often discussed, little is known of the essential elements that constitute vastusastra and its scientific application in the present day. Based on extensive research, the work, Vastusastra attempts to address this aspect. Examining comprehensively the subject of vastusastra: its conceptual roots in Silpasastra and its later evolution as dealt with in the Vedas, the Epic literature, Arthasastra, literature on ayurveda and Kamasutra literature, the volume analyses technical aspects of vastusastra by concentrating on the essential elemens (angas) of vastusastra which involve decision-making and actual construction methods, art of engineering and role and responsibilities of engineers, and aspects related to land materials and rituals associated with use of building after its construction. It discusses the eco-friendly life style of the ancient Indians based on vastusastra principles. Giving minute attention to details, it focuses on the application of vastusastra in the present-day society - how the vastusastra principles can be scientifically applied and the potential of application of vastusastra keeping in view modern trends in architectural science and civil engineering.

The book will be useful for students and scholars of architecture and engineering and those interested in vastusastra.

About the Author:

Dr. Rahul V. Atlekar, an expert on vastusastra, is a production engineer with years of industrial, corporate training and consulting experience in materials management and IT strategy among other areas. He has delivered lectures on vastusastra and ancient Indian architecture and engineering. He is at present involved in vastusastra consultancy.

CONTENTS

Preamblev
Abbreviationsxii
Acknowledgementsxv

Part I
Retrospects of Vastusastra

1.Evolution of Vastusastra3
Introduction3
Pre-Vedic Period5
Vedic Era12
Later Developments24
2.Analysis of the Literature or Vastusastra30
Survey30
Objectives47
3.Literary Reflections52
Vastusastra in Ramayana52
Vastusastra in Mahabharata55
Vastusastra in Dharmasastra57
Vastusastra in Arthasastra64
Vastusastra in Kamasastra67
Vastusastra in Ayurveda72

Part II
Technical Analysis

4.Introduction to Astanga Vastusastra85
5.Characteristics of a Host (Yajamana)88
Name89
Horoscope93
Caste95
Profession97
Anthropometrics of the Yajamana100
6.Characteristics of an Engineer (Silpi)102
Sthapati102
Sutragrahi103
Taksaka103
Vardhaki104
Karmi104
Selection process of Silpi105
Hierarchies105
Income division106
7.Land Selection (Bhumi)107
Land Formation107
Testing and Selection109
Salyavicara114
Conclusion116
8.Rituals (Vastospati)118
Introduction118
Rituals120
9.Lay-out (Padavinyasa)130
Vastupurusamandala130
Orientation of Elements of VPM142
Concepts and Calculations of Ayadi147
Structural Considerations150
10.Building Materials (Vastu)152
Ancient Indian Material Technology152
Study of Building Materials158
11.Art and Practices of Engineering (Sthapatya)167
Philosophical Approach167
Metrology, Tooling and Instrumentation171
Estimation179
Design of Merging Elements181
Structures189
Project Management193
12.Repairs, Modifications and Interior Decorations (Alankarana)197
Repairs, Modifications197
Interiors and Exteriors199

Part III
Prospects

13.Scenario Analysis 211
Introduction211
Data Collection and Analysis212
14.Prospective Learning222
Technical Aspects222
Social Aspects238
Environmental Aspects243
15.Conclusions254
Summary254
Conclusions, Recommendations and Research Benefits260
Appendices
I. Estimation of One-angula in Millimetres273
II. SHS References by Vaze274
III. Questionnaire275
Bibliography278
Glossary283
Index287

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